The National Society Sons of the American Revolution is pleased to announce the NSSAR JROTC Legion of Honor for 2001. This is the fourth publication of this annual recognition of Outstanding Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Cadets. I am delighted to recognize the fact that 4 State Societies participated in this years program for the first time. I hope that they will continue to participate as the program continues to grow.
Each of the following 14 Cadets was selected by their sponsoring State Society and local Chapter as an outstanding young citizen of their community, with high academic achievement, strong leadership skills, and military bearing.
JROTC Cadet LtCol. Kayln Eidschun of the Westover High School, Fayetteville, NC, was recognized as the Outstanding Cadet in the nation by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) on July 2, 2001. John C. Haughton, Chairman of the NSSAR JROTC/ROTC Committee, and the NSSAR Acting President General, Howard F. Horn, Jr. presented Cadet LtCol. Eidschun with her gold medallion as Commander of the 2001 Honor Legion Class, a certificate of recognition and her $1,000 award at the NSSAR National Congress in Louisville, KY in July.
Outstanding JROTC Cadet LtCol. Kayln Eidschun of the Westover High School, Fayetteville, NC, wearing the Gold JROTC Medalion, received her certificate from Acting President General Howard F. Horne, Jr., and JROTC Chairman Jack Haughton presented her a check for $1,000.
The NSSAR Outstanding Cadet of the Nation for 2001 is:
JROTC Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Kalyn C. Eidschun of Westover High School, Fayetteville, NC
sponsors: Marquis de Lafayette Chapter and North Carolina Society
To read Cadet LtCol. Eidschun's essay: "How has JROTC prepared me to be a better citizen of the United States Of America?"
2002 Update on Kalyn C. Eidschun: Kalyn was advanced to the rank of Colonel and served as Battalion Commander (2nd year in this position) and Assistant Military Science Instructor. She also received the title of Miss Westover (beauty pageant) and was named a Distinguished Citizen for the city of Fayetteville. Having received numerous scholarships, Kalyn will be attending Campbell University this fall to begin her studies in Criminal Psychology. She also auditioned and was chosen to be an actress in a local comedy club that has recently opened in Fayetteville. She still plans to become President of the United States.
JROTC Cadet Captain Jonathan A. Bowlby
Zachary High School, Zachary, LA
sponsors: General Philemon Thomas Chapter and the Louisiana Society
JROTC Cadet Captain Kathleen D. Mahan
Camden High School, Camden, SC
sponsors: General Thomas Sumter Chapter and the South Carolina Society
Special Honorable Mention:
AFJROTC Cadet Captain Courtney L. Karasko
Derby High School, Derby, KS
sponsors: Washington Chapter and the Kansas Society
JROTC Cadet 1st Sergeant Auburn E. Ellis
Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, Kansas City, MO
sponsors: Alexander Majors Chapter and the Missouri Society
JROTC Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Heidi M. Erving
Nokomis Regional High School, Newport, ME
sponsors: the Maine Society
AFJROTC Cadet Colonel Myronda B. Felts
North Side High School, Jackson, TN
sponsors: James Madison Chapter and the Tennessee Society
JROTC Cadet Major Thomas G. Gibson
Wuerzburg American High School, Wuerzburg, Germany
sponsors: National Society SAR, JROTC Committee
JROTC Cadet 1st Lieutenant Ashley Jackman
Pearland High School, Pearland, TX
sponsors: Cradle Of Texas Chapter and the Texas Society
JROTC Cadet Corporal Matt Johnson
John R. Rogers High School, Puyallup, WA
sponsors: Alexander Hamilton Chapter and the Washington Society
AFJROTC Cadet 1st Lieutenant Rigoberto Mabante
Nogales High School, Nogales, AZ
sponsors: Tucson Chapter and the Arizona Society
JROTC Cadet 1st Sergeamt Fred W. Rowe
Riverside Military Academy, Gainesville, GA
sponsors: Lyman Hall Chapter and the Georgia Society
JROTC Cadet Major Jeffrey B. Simmons
Wolfson High School, Jacksonville, FL
sponsors: Jacksonville Chapter and the Florida Society
JROTC Cadet Captain Donahue P. Stephens
Walker High School, Jasper, AL
sponsors: Warrior River Chapter and the Alabama Society
The JROTC program has prepared me to be a better citizen in many ways. Leadership skills, history, and life skills I believe are the three most important ways the program has made me a better citizen.
The JROTC program teaches leadership through values, traits, and by showing how a structured chain of command functions. Through my experiences in various leadership positions, I have learned how to take responsibility for my actions, lead a group of people to complete a task on time in an orderly fashion, and also how to make-decisions promptly, but smartly. These skills help me handle situations better and also instill responsibility in me. The leadership skills I have acquired will help me one day to lead a group of others in the workplace and in life.
In my past three years as a cadet in the JROTC program, I have learned a lot about our country's history. I have learned about key leaders and great people who fought hard to make our great country what it is today. By learning about these people and events, I have a great sense of pride in my country. I feel very proud when the national anthem is played or when the pledge of Allegiance is said because I know how much of a fight was put up so I could indulge in many freedoms today. I believe a sense of pride in your country is a very important thing to have in order to be a good citizen of the United States of America.
Out of any program or class I have ever taken, JROTC had taught me the most life skills. Some of the most important skills I have learned are communication, time management, organization, and discipline. By watching the chain of command flow, I have learned how information travels and have learned communication skills. Strict rules on timeliness are highly enforced in the JROTC program. I have learned that being early leaves a better impression and is also more beneficial than arriving on time or late. These time management skills have already helped me and I know that they will continue to benefit me. I have become very organized since I enrolled in the JROTC program. I have learned how to keep records and files neat and in order. I have also learned how to keep a good schedule and how to run a task smoothly and easily. Organization skills are very important because the tasks of life run a lot easier when you know where to find something as opposed to stressing out over finding something in a mess. Teamwork is also an important skill I have learned, when you do something as a team, you can get it done faster. Through cooperation, a team can do just about anything. Out of all the life skills I have learned, discipline has been the one that I have benefited from the most. I have acquired a lot of discipline through drill and ceremonies. All of the life skills I have learned in discipline have helped me become even more disciplined.
You may wonder how these skills will benefit me in the future. The skills and qualities I have acquired will benefit me in everything I do for the rest of my life. JROTC has more prepared me for life than any other course I have taken. Above all, JROTC has ultimately prepared me to be a better citizen by giving me the power to influence others to become better citizens also.
Cadet LtCol. Kayln Eidschun
Westover High School